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About InfernalKeith

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  • Birthday 06/17/1972

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    Toledo, OH
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    Standup comedy, writing, game coding in BASIC, cooking
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    Ant Wars on the TI 99/4A
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    Planning a Tunnels of Doom binge soon!

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  1. Many thanks! I had Psyborg on tape back in the day. I ordered all the TImagination games years after the fact, contacting the author through his PO Box. I wish I still had those.
  2. I'm using real hardware and a reliable TI tape recorder set to the default settings. It's the tape, it drags in several places and the integrity of the audio gets noticeably choppy. I'm going to try tightening it up by rewinding and FF'ing it a few times -- I had another tape do the same thing last night, but then play fine the second time through.
  3. Correct. This ^^^ is the instruction booklet. Unfortunately this wasn't one of the companies that recorded the program on both sides of the tape, so if one's bad, that's all you got. I've had amazing luck with these old cassettes overall, but this one has confounded me.
  4. Scored a cassette of this old American Software title, but the tape is bad. Does anyone have a .zip of it they could share?
  5. All items tested (except Shamus, which is sealed). Will ship worldwide. DM me for details or to calculate shipping. TI EXTENDED BASIC $40 Complete in original box with manual and reference card BIGFOOT $25 MBX game (can be played without MBX unit) complete in original box with Bigfoot label on top tray side JOTTO $20 BASIC game on cassette, complete in box with manual TINY LOGO $20 mini programming/educational language written in BASIC, on cassette, complete with box and manual SHAMUS $25 complete in factory sealed box, which shows a bit of wear and tear WEIGHT CONTROL AND NUTRITION $15 complete in box with manual SOLD! PICNIC PARANOIA $12 complete in box, which is pretty worn and crushed SOLD! PROTECTOR II $12 complete in box, which is pretty worn and crushed SOLD! YAHTZEE $12 complete in box with manual OTHELLO $10 complete in box with manual
  6. After watching that, it's not the Alpha Lock key that's depressed!
  7. I love Khe Sanh, it's one of my favorites. I still get really wrapped up in it when I play. I like Sengoku Jidai but I haven't spent enough time with it yet. Ant Wars is a great idea but the AI's pretty lacking. Hordes was ambitious but so clunky (and only two player!!) that I don't think I've ever actually gotten very far into a game. Tickworld is great. Maze of Ariel I remember liking, but I haven't played it in years. I need to go back and revisit Starship Pegasus and Treasure Trap, but I feel like both of them were in that "good idea, not so hot execution" category. 99'vaders, Ophyss and Backgammon are solid games. I know Winging It was their big title back in the day, but I've never been into flight sims, so it's always been on the "I gotta spend some time on that some other time" pile.
  8. Huh. I actually play TI Yahtzee a lot! I throw it on in emulation while I'm doing mindless work emails or something, and play it the way some people do the one-touch phone games as a distraction. I enjoy it, but I definitely think the AI could be a little better. I can't see it being buried-in-a-pit level terrible, though.
  9. Interesting take, Matthew, and I'd say you're not wrong. Once I started collecting games on other systems (specifically the Vic 20) the differences in programmer mindset became obvious. Some of those Vic games are flat-out ugly, the graphics are hideous and the sound is worse, but at least some of them are just intuitively great games that hold up today even without the filter of nostalgia. Matrix/Gridrunner is exciting even in 2019. Speed has a little to do with it, but it seems like there's just some indefinable quality that makes the game playable and compelling, more so than most TI action offerings. That's why I gravitate toward the turn-based strategy games, the Not Polyoptics titles and such. For me, despite their own weaknesses, they have more staying power and are more unique and interesting. I'm not sure if anyone but me and Walid share that view, though.
  10. I forgot about Tennis! That one's actually fun. Did that ever make it to a cart release?
  11. Is any TI sports game good? Strike Three looks nice but seems borderline nonsensical as a game. I don't think I've ever gotten past the title screen of Football or Indoor Soccer.
  12. Chisholm Trail was so counterintuitive to me for years, and once I figured it out, it became so much more fun. I like the idea of Tombstone City but I think it needs something, either some other level, or a boss, or a change of scenery... one more ingredient to keep it from getting boring. What about a Tombstone City type game model but in a series of tunnels like Shamus? You fight off a number of baddies, clear each section of the map, then move on to the next patch of desert, till the whole map is clear...?
  13. I always thought maybe I just couldn't get Munchmobile to work right. If I wasn't doing something wrong, then holy crap, does that game stink out loud. I don't remember liking Black Hole very much, getting into the third party carts, but it's been years since I played it. And yeah, ZeroZap doesn't even seem like a game. It's more like something you show people who've never seen a color computer before, to wow them.
  14. There have been several times I've read threads praising TI games that I thought were pretty bad, only to find out they had devoted fans. Sometimes that's made me revisit the game, and even revise my opinion of it a bit. I'll list a couple to start the discussion, but are there any you have no use for at all? Like, not just indifference, but you abjectly get mad at the sight of the cartridge because it's such a piece of crap? The Attack is one where I try periodically to play it again, thinking I must have missed something (after all, it took me years to get the point of Chisholm Trail). Spores, and big bugs, and big dumb numbers... I like the bugs and I like the theme music, but the game itself has the appeal of watching paint dry. Without revisiting further, I'd put ZeroZap, Buck Rogers, and maybe Slymoids on the same list. Any rabid The Attack fans out there willing to defend this steaming pile? Or add games of their own to the list of duds?
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